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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ BOXING

Holyfield mulls Tyson fight

US boxer Evander Holyfield said in an interview published on Thursday that he was in talks with Mike Tyson for a rematch of their infamous 1997 fight. Speaking to the Guardian, Holyfield, who failed in his quest to regain a version of the world heavyweight title in October, said: "Mike had Jeff Fenech, who's been training him, call me a few months ago. Jeff says Mike wants to fight me again -- but he needs to know if I would agree to it. I said, `It all depends on what they gonna give us -- because I'm gonna catch a lot of flak if I say I'm fighting Mike Tyson again. I've already said I don't want to fight Mike no more.' Jeff says, `What if Mike gets in proper shape?' I told him that's okay, but I can't be part of it if Mike's going to pull out. Jeff said, `The main thing Mike wants to know is if you would be willing to fight him again?' I said, `Yeah, if the price is right, I probably would.'" In their 1997 fight, the second between the two boxers, Tyson, now 41, bit Holyfield, now 45, twice and ripped off a chunk of his ear, which he spat onto the canvas.

■ TENNIS

Clijsters has daughter

Former US Open champion Kim Clijsters gave birth to a daughter on Wednesday, nine months after retiring from tennis. Clijsters and her husband, US basketball player Brian Lynch, named the baby Jada. The 24-year-old Clijsters retired in May, saying a string of injuries had led to fatigue, a lack of motivation and a decline in play. She said she wanted to focus a new life with Lynch, who plays in the Belgian league. Clijsters' Web site said the baby, born at a hospital in Tongeren, Belgium, weighed 3.035kg and measured 51cm. Clijsters was Belgium's first tennis player to reach the No. 1 ranking, holding it for 19 weeks in 2003.

■ ATHLETICS

Jones' agent sentenced

Marion Jones' longtime agent has been sentenced to six months of home detention for a minor role in a bank fraud that resulted in a six-month prison sentence for the former track star. Charles Wells was also fined US$7,500 on Wednesday by US District Judge Kenneth Karas in Manhattan, after pleading guilty last March. Karas said the charge was related to a scheme designed to cash up to US$8 million worth of stolen or forged checks through a network of track figures and New York counterfeiters. Wells told the court: "I have suffered every day. I have humiliated my family. I just apologize."

■ FORMULA ONE

Investigators visit McLaren

Italian investigators visited the offices of Formula One team McLaren and the homes of several of its executives in England on Wednesday as part of a criminal probe into the sport's spy scandal. McLaren said Italian investigators, led by the Modena magistrate, were accompanied by local Surrey Police as they went to the McLaren Technology Center and the homes of "a number" of team executives. "The police are completely satisfied with the cooperation they have received," McLaren said in a statement. "These actions are part of a normal judicial process in connection with the ongoing investigation, and are supported by McLaren Racing." The names of the investigators or the executives were not disclosed, but reports in Italy last week said McLaren chief Ron Dennis, CEO Martin Whitmarsh, chief designer Mike Coughlan and engineering director Paddy Lowe would be expected to be called in for questioning.

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